A couple of recent discussions revealed two things to me:
1) My memory is a fickle thing and while it is transitory, the impressions formed due to experiences are far more lasting than the experience itself.
2) I pride myself, as Eternal DM For Life, on the ability to adopt alien worldviews with which to create internally consistent charcters (particularly villains) and thus stories. This has also informed a deeper understanding of history that has led to some interesting revelations about the lives of antiquity.
This combines in the stories of Jane Austen, particularly "Pride & Prejudice". I cannot remember a damn thing about the characters or the story other than a deep seated feeling of irritation and a connection to soap operas. This does a great injustice to stories that, by all acounts, are some of the most important fiction within it's own period and beyond.
It has been pointed out to me that the motivations of Austen's characters may be "as alien to me as a space princess'". Fine, but the same imagination that has worked well for alien understanding, particularly the understanding of the appeal to readers in the period it was written, but not here, bothers me.
To that end, I'm committing to a rereading of P&P. I have no expectations to like, though it would be informative. I am more interested in why I kept the sensation but lost the memory. Failing that, I'd like to know where the residual antipathy comes from.
Jane Austen...For Science!
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